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2017 Lexus IS

New Lexus IS Debuts at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show

BEIJING (April 25, 2016) -- A daring new styling direction, exciting performance and innovative technology defined the completely new Lexus IS that was introduced in 2013. Since then, sales of the luxury brand's entry-level sedan have surpassed expectations, outselling the previous-generation model, which was very popular in its own right. At the Beijing Auto Show today, Lexus has taken the covers off the new IS, armed wîth a fresh new look and a number of important changes.

Because the original styling of the current IS has proved so popular, Lexus has kept the essence of car's exterior appearance intact; however, the entire front fascia of the new model has undergone a transformation, highlighted by new headlamps, large air intakes in the front bumper and an evolution of Lexus' spindle grille. The bumpers, wîth incorporated air intakes, flow dynamically from the fenders, giving the new front end a high level of aggressiveness. The new grille folds back at a higher point, changing its top and bottom proportions that enhance its sporty feel wîth a visually lower center of gravity, while blending effortlessly into the reshaped hood. The sleeker profile of the IS, together wîth the enhanced character line that runs down the side of the car, makes the new IS seem as if it's in constant motion even when sitting still. The F SPORT's grille features an exclusive 3-dimentional F-mesh pattern, wîth jet-black metallic coating that incorporates functional brake ducts. These brake ducts provide a sense of continuity wîth the side garnishes that enhance the vehicle's aerodynamic performance. Adding to the IS's dynamic flair are standard 10-spoke 17-in. wheels that boast new designs wîth bright machine finishes. Changes to the rear are highlighted by more pronounced 'L'-shaped LED light guides that are now triple layered within the taillight housing and new rectangular chrome exhaust tips that accentuate the car's sporting nature. Also, two new paint schemes—Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake—have been added to the IS's exterior color palate.

In keeping wîth the same theme as the exterior, thoughtful improvements have been incorporated into the new IS's cabin. The first thing that's sure to catch your eye is the multimedia display screen that has grown from 7 inches to 10.3 inches. The new high-resolution monitor offers a larger and clearer image of the various functions of Lexus' innovative multimedia system. Also, 'Enter' buttons have been added to the sides of the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) on the center console, making the system easier to use. On the center dash the audio and ventilation-control panel has been refined to fit completely within the knee bolsters, wîth a new hairline-finish surface that provides both a high-quality feel and improved appearance.

New stitching on top of the meter hood enhances the sporty feel of the IS cockpit, as do the refined speedometer and tachometer. For interior colors, Moonstone and Ivory have been replaced by Chateau, a new light shade that blends the elegance of Ivory wîth a more modern light-gray hue. Other changes to the new IS include new cup holders, a new larger leather-wrapped palm rest wîth stitching for the RTI and new markings on the in-dash analogue clock.

The new IS model lineup will remain unchanged wîth three engine offerings. The rear-wheel-drive IS 200t will be powered by the recently-added 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline-4 wîth intercooler, which comes mated to a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. (posted on This engine, first introduced on the NX crossover vehicle, features a number of innovative technologies including Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide (VVT-iW) that allows the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson cycles by varying the intake-valve opening angles, and the D-4ST direct injection system. It combines a high pressure fuel system for injection directly into the cylinders wîth a low pressure system for injection into the ports. Power is rated at 180kW at 5,800rpm or torque 350Nm at 1,650 to 4,400rpm.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 241 hp
Torque: 258 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 255 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 306 hp
Torque: 277 ft-lbs

8-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
The new IS's safety equipment has been upgraded wîth the Lexus Safety System +. It combines Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) wîth Steering Assist, Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Radar Cruise Control.

Source - Lexus

Lexus Restyles 2017 IS and Bolsters Safety Tech

•Now Standard: Lexus Safety System+ wîth Automatic Emergency Braking
•New Multimedia System wîth Available 10.3-in. Screen
•Interior Enhancements
A year after introducing new powertrains to the current IS, Lexus has amped up the design once again wîth a more dramatic version of the brand's signature spindle grille and other enhancements. The makeover for the 2017 Lexus IS, however, goes well beyond the sheetmetal. All versions now come wîth the Lexus Safety System+ as standard, which includes: Pre-Collision System (PCS); Lane Departure Alert (LDA) wîth Steering Assist; Intelligent High Beam (IHB); and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) wîth Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system is also available.

Facial Expression
The entire front fascia of the IS has undergone a transformation, highlighted by new headlamps, larger air intakes in the front bumper, and a daring evolution of the Lexus spindle grille. The air intakes seem to flow off the fenders and frame a new grille that folds back at a higher point, changing its proportions and emphasizing a more road-hugging stance.

The reshaped hood appears more sculptural, wîth the raised center portion flowing rearward from the top of the spindle grille and standard LED headlamps. Beneath those, the
L-theme LED daytime running lights give a dramatic daytime glow. On the IS F SPORT, the grille features an exclusive three-dimensional F-mesh pattern, wîth jet-black metallic coating that is also used on the functional brake ducts.

At the rear, the Lexus IS leaves a refined nighttime signature wîth more pronounced 'L'-shaped LED light guides that are now triple layered within the taillight housing. New rectangular chrome exhaust tips accentuate the car's sporting nature. Capping off the style rejuvenation are standard 5-spoke 18-in. wheels on the IS 350, and two new paint color choices, Caviar and Nightfall Mica.

First-Class Cabin Úpgrade
The IS conveys its sporting intent from the moment the driver gets behind the wheel. Both the wheel and instrument panel designs were inspired by those in the Lexus LFA supercar.

Luxuries abound in the Lexus IS models, including standard NuLuxe trimmed seating, 10-way power front sport seats, a high-efficiency dual-zone automatic climate control system wîth touch-sensitive controls, power moonroof, and SmartAccess wîth pushbutton start. The AWD models also add standard heated front seats.

Everywhere you look and touch in the 2017 Lexus IS, you'll see or feel new details, including a new cupholder design; revised climate-control panel, analog clock, and §teering wheel switches; and new interior colors. A redesigned speedometer and tachometer and new stitching atop the gauge hood enhances the cockpit's sporty feel.

The 2017 IS offers two multimedia systems: standard high-resolution Lexus Display Audio (LDA) wîth a 7-inch screen and 8-speaker audio or the optional navigation system, which features a new 10.3-inch screen. This screen offers a larger and clearer image of the various functions of the multimedia and Enform® systems.

The navigation system puts a world of capability at the driver's fingertips via the second-generation Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI) multi-function control device. The RTI is the go-to control for the audio, driver's phone and more. Available in conjunction wîth the navigation system, the Mark Levinson® Premium Surround System delivers strikingly life-like sound reproduction, wîth 835 watts powering 15 speakers. New 'Enter' buttons on either side of the RTI on the center console help make the system easier to use, as does a new larger leather-wrapped palm rest.

The standard Display Audio system incorporates HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, a vehicle information display, and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. Also available for this audio system is the Scout® GPS Link app. With the app on the driver's smartphone, navigation maps and turn-by-turn directions appear on the car's central display screen.

Three Power Sources, Two Drivetrains
The 2017 IS model lineup continues wîth a three model line, including the IS 200t, IS 300 AWD, and IS 350, available in RWD and AWD. All three offer an F SPORT model that further revs up the bold style and handling agility.

The IS 200t, available in rear-wheel drive form, features a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine wîth intercooler. This super-smooth powerplant produces 241 hp and quickly builds up a wide torque plateau of 258 lb.-ft. from 1,650-4,400 rpm. Variable Valve Timing intelligent – Wide (VVTi-W) allows the engine to switch between the Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles to maximize efficiency. The D-4ST fuel injection system combines a high-pressure direct fuel injection system wîth a low-pressure port-injection system.

The IS 200t comes equipped exclusively wîth the eight-speed Sport Direct Shift (SPDS) automatic transmission that integrates advanced G-force Artificial Intelligence (G-AI) system to choose gears intuitively. Steering wheel paddle shifters are also available for those who prefer to shift for themselves.
For those seeking all-season grip, Lexus offers the IS 300 AWD model wîth a 255 hp, 3.5-liter V6 producing 236 lb.-ft. torque at 2,000-4,800 rpm. The electronically controlled all-weather drive system, also available for IS 350 models, is designed to help enhance traction and grip under most driving conditions by automatically varying front-to-rear torque distribution from 30:70 to as much as 50:50. The AWD models use a six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on

The IS 350 delivers dazzling performance from a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 306 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The RWD model uses the eight-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission. (posted on
A Drive Mode Select system features up to four driving modes to tailor the car's combination of economy, comfort, performance and handling characteristics. All IS sedans feature ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT modes. Equipping the IS 350 wîth the F SPORT package also adds Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), controlled wîth SPORT S and SPORT S+ modes. The AWD models also feature a SNOW mode.

The agile handling of all IS models owes much to the multi-link rear suspension inherited from the company's GS sedans, along wîth finely tuned electronic power §teering. Available for all IS models, the F SPORT package sharpens handling acuity wîth unique 18-inch wheels and special suspension tuning, while sharpening the design wîth unique interior and exterior trim. Inside, all-season comfort is enhanced through heated and ventilated front seats. The finishing touch on the F SPORT experience for IS 300 AWD and IS 350 models is a rousing intake sound to rev up the car enthusiast in anyone.

Just Ask Enform®, or Siri®
With standard Siri® Eyes Free mode, iPhone® users need merely ask aloud to play music through the phone's iTunes® library, get turn-by-turn navigation, and much more. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while Siri reads notifications and calendar information and lets you add reminders, appointments and notes when safe to do so.
Drivers can also opt in for additional peace of mind wîth Lexus Enform Service Connect (one-year complimentary subscription included). With it, Lexus customers can remotely view information about certain aspects of their Lexus vehicle via the MyLexusandBeyond mobile app for iOS or at Available information includes maintenance alerts, warning light notifications and a vehicle health report. Receive email and push notifications for vehicle diagnostic information, required maintenance reminders, current vehicle alerts, service campaigns, and more.

Ten Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags are standard, and IS models employ the innovative Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, which integrates: Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) active safety systems wîth the Electric Power Steering (EPS) or, where fitted for IS 350 RWD F SPORT, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). New for 2017 is the standard Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) wîth Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Also available is the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) wîth Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.

What's New for 2017
•Redesigned front wîth bolder rendition of Lexus spindle grille, new bumper wîth large air intakes, more sculptural hood and standard LED headlamps.
•Revised rear bumper wîth unique F SPORT treatment.
•Lexus Safety System+ made standard; includes PCS, LDA wîth Steering Assist, IHB and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
•Revised multimedia systems wîth Scout GPS Link and available 10.3-inch LCD screen.
•Standard 18-in. wheels for IS 350.
•New exterior and interior colors, and revised design for switches on §teering wheel.

•Advanced construction techniques include laser screw welding and adhesive body bonding that help provide enhanced overall body rigidity.
•Rear subframe and cowl side braces help to further enhance handling control and §teering response.
•Electric Power Steering System for a smoother more accurate feel wîth excellent feedback.


•High- and ultra-high-tensile steel body structure.
•Ten SRS airbags; two-stage dual SRS front airbags, driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags, front and rear SRS side airbags, as well as full length SRS side curtain airbags.

•Dual-zone automatic climate control wîth touch-sensitive switches.
•LDA wîth display audio controller.
•Available Lexus navigation system wîth RTI and Lexus Enform App Suite.
•4.2-inch full color multi-information display including audio, trip, navigation, phone and ambient temperature.

Luxury Options
•Luxury Package wîth perforated leather-trimmed interior; heated/ventilated front seats; power tilt-and-telescopic §teering column; Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers; backup camera wîth dynamic gridlines; Intuitive Parking Assist; electrochromic side mirrors wîth reverse tilt-down and memory; Gray Sapele Wood Interior Trim, and more.
•Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound System.
•Heated §teering wheel.

•48 month/50,000-mile basic limited warranty wîth roadside assistance for 48 months/unlimited miles.
•72 months/70,000 miles powertrain and restraint system coverage.
•72 months corrosion perforation protection coverage, regardless of mileage.

Source - Lexus
Toyota's luxury division unveiled its newest sport-luxury compact sedan in 2001, the Lexus IS 300. Sharing its engine with the larger GS 300, the IS was built with rear-wheel drive and carried a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine that achieved 215 horsepower. The engine operated with VVT-i. During its first season, only a five-speed automatic transmission was offered, but it did incorporate Formula One-inspired E-Shift gear selection on the steering wheel. The wedge-shaped IS body had a semi-fastback roofline and was sharp-edged in design. It was called a ‘condensed high performance stance' by Lexus. A choice of either 16 or 17 inch wheels could be mounted on the IS 300 and front side airbags were installed along with antilock braking and traction control. Available on the vehicle was a limited-slip differential. Inspired by sport watched, a chronograph-style instrument panel was installed in the vehicle. The IS 300 was originally designed for the European market, and is promised to give ‘compelling challenge' to European sport sedans.

Though smaller than the BMW, the Lexus IS300 carried a fairly tight rear seat, though it had a high level of comfort. In Japan the Lexus IS300 was sold as the Toyota Altezza. Introduced in 1999, the IS 300 went on sale in June of 2000. Shortly afterward it appeared as the CART Championship pace car. Along with the IS 300 SportCross, a five-speed manual-transmission version was debuted. The sedan and the little-known SportCross was somewhat publicized by two racing entries in the 2001 Grand-Am Cup North American Street Stock Series. Competitive immediately, the IS scored its first pole position in its fourth race and first race win in the fifth round at Virginia internatiojnal Raceway.

In March of 2003 the IS SportDesign was introduced, basically a cosmetic package equipped with a special grille, tailpipe along with other touches. Sharing its in-line six-cylinder engine with the Supra, the Lexus IS 300 came with rear-wheel drive and an interior that was more sport than luxury. 215 horsepower was produced with the six along with 218 lb-ft of torque that used variable valve timing to broaden its torque curve. The IS 300 also had a two-stage induction system along with a two-way bymass muffler that enhanced breathing and lower noise. Excellent handling was provided by a double wishbone suspension.

When desired, the SportCross and the automatic transmission sedan featured E-Shift steering wheel-mounted shift buttons for finger-tip control over gear shifts. Basically a wagon/crossover version with the same dimensions as the sedan, the IS 300 featured a rear tailgate, a split fold-down rear seatback and fold-down front passenger seatbacks that allowed it to carry either long or odd-shaped items. A rear power outlet and a seatback table were also located in the folding passenger seat.

Wind noise was lowered due to a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, while the interior was quieted with sound-dampening asphalt sheets in the roof. Optional on sedans was a real spoiler, while the SportCross featured a unique spoiler as standard equipment. The IS300 had drill drilled aluminum pedals with rubber pads, supportive height-adjustable seats and stainless steel doorsill scuff plates. 17-inch wheels, low-profile performance-tread tires, auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, a high-power audio system with both a cassette player and six-disc in-dash CD changer with eight speakers, and High-Intensity Discharge headlights were all standard features.

Optional on the IS300 was eight-way power driver's and passenger seats, heated front seats and a power moonroof. The interior could be outfitted with an optional leather/Alcantara trim package or a full leather-trimmed interior in either ivory or black.

The SportCross offered the Vehicle Stability Control system as an option. This was also optional on the automatic sedan. This feature was helpful in controlling traction while cornering on slippery or dry road surfaces by utilizing throttle intervention. To help limit rear-wheel slip on acceleration the VSC supplements the standard full-range traction control. Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution was featured on the four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brake system. To determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking, brake assist is designed to figure this out, along with if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the ABS. The system supplements the braking power applied until pedal pressure is released.

Pretensioners and height-adjustable anchors are incorporated on the front seatbelts in the Lexus IS 300 to help avoid the forces to the upper torso in a serious frontal collision. The SRS, Supplemental Restraint Systems included dual front airbags, side curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front seat-mounted side airbags. A personal security feature is the speed-sensitive and shift-linked automatic door lock/unlock system.

An optional feature on the Lexus IS 300 was the Lexus Navigation System which used a DVD for map storage. All on one disc, the DVD contains all of the U.S. and the major cities in Canada. High-speed route calculation, multi-route calculation, route preview, a dual-map screen mode and simplified highway junction graphics are functions of the Navigation System. Deployed from the dashboard, the System is easily hidden when not in use. The remote controls for the system are hidden in the center console between the front seats. A dashboard storage compartment with a spring-loaded retractable lid is featured on models not equipped with the Navigation System.

For 2004 all Lexus IS models added a standard maintenance indicator light along with automatic power door locks. In October of 2005 the second generation of IS models were introduced, the IS250 and the IS350.

By Jessica Donaldson
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